TMJ Treatment – Carlisle, PA

Getting Rid of Jaw Discomfort

woman smiling comfortably by the windowHave you been experiencing moderate to severe jaw pain that persists for too long? This could be due to TMJ disorder, which can create discomfort and be challenging to deal with daily. The good news is that our team at Flenniken Family Dentistry can provide several different services to promote healing in your TMJ, that way you can return to enjoying a more comfortable bite. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help improve your jaw health or give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Why Choose Flenniken Family Dentistry for TMJ Treatment?

  • Multiple Treatment Options Available
  • Personalized Oral Appliances
  • Financing Available Through CareCredit

What is TMJ Disorder?

an illustration of an xray of the tmj

TMJ disorder is a condition where the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, that connects the lower jaw to the skull is affected and causes pain. This structure is similar to the ball-and-socket joint in your shoulder, and if something goes awry within the area, it can result in TMJ disorder (TMD). This problem can occur due to various factors, including teeth grinding, accidental injury, stress, and more.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

a woman touching her jaw due to tmj disorder

Some of the most common indications of TMJ disorder include:

  • Moderate to severe pain in the jaw joint or surrounding muscles
  • Jaw locking in a closed or open position
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw
  • Restricted or limited jaw movement
  • Discomfort or pain when chewing
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Visible changes in your bite
  • Chronic neck and back aches

Types of TMJ Treatment

a patient smiling before undergoing dental care

Once you come into our office for a consultation, we can evaluate your oral health and mouth as well as discuss your symptoms. We’ll also be sure to take X-rays so that we can get even more clarity about the state of your TMJ, this way we can more accurately develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Below are some of the solutions we can offer to help you regain a pain-free jaw:

Occlusal Splint

a person wearing an occlusal splint for TMJ treatment

Many patients struggling with TMJ disorder can benefit greatly by wearing customized mouthguards known as occlusal splints, which are specifically designed to remove pressure away from the jaw joint. By doing so, your TMJ will have ample time and space to heal. This oral appliance can also prevent wear and tear from teeth grinding as well as protect against TMD-related headaches so that you can be more comfortable again.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

a patient smiling after visiting his dentist

Sometimes TMJ disorder may occur because the lower and upper teeth begin to contact each other improperly, creating an uncomfortable shift around your jaw joint. Depending on your situation, we may be able to help correct this through an occlusal adjustment, also known as an equilibration. This procedure involves making minor alterations to your pearly whites or restorations (crowns, bridges, etc.) so that your bite can relieve stress in your TMJ.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

a person preparing a TENS machine for tmj treatment

Our team can utilize a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machine to alleviate TMJ discomfort while treating the root cause. This device involves using electrodes placed on your skin that send high-frequency electrical impulses to your brain to help interrupt pain signals. Not only is this treatment safe and non-invasive, but you can expect to feel immediate relief in your TMJ.

American Dental Association logo Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry logo American Academy of Implant Dentistry logo The American Academy of Periodontology logo Pennsylvania Dental Association logo The Western Society of Periodontology logo American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine logo Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies logo Laser dentistry certified badge Nitrous oxide certified badge I V sedation certified badge

Download Forms

Like us on Facebook

Leave a Review